After the Ashen Rook's Fall (ashenrook) wrote in worldofwarcraft,
After the Ashen Rook's Fall
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Opinions on Roleplaying the Opposite Gender

Cross-posted from wow_ladies, so apologies if you've seen this before!

After a recent article I've written, I got to thinking about what others in the gaming world feel about this topic. During my RP exploits, I've seen various reactions towards those who roleplay a character that is a different gender as them in real life. Anywhere from not caring, to being kinda puzzled by the thought, to plain ol' being creeped out. Even though I have many female toons in my character arsenal, my current mains have been male for a good long while and I've received a surprising amount of flak, from both men and women, from people just because I am a girl behind a male avatar.

So, in light of this, I'd love to have your opinions on the matter being I intend to make a follow-up post with a more recent sampling of what the playerbase thinks about this subject and others. You do not have to roleplay to answer these questions and no matter what your stance on the matter is, all input will be valued. The only thing I will ask of people is that any answers given in response need to be serious ones. Thanks in advance!

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1) What are your thoughts of men playing female characters? Of women playing male characters?

2) What are your thoughts of men roleplaying female characters? Of women roleplaying male characters?

3) What are your thoughts of men roleplaying lesbian female characters? Of roleplaying gay male characters?

4) What are your thoughts of women roleplaying lesbian female characters? Of roleplaying gay male characters?

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You do not have to answer each question individually if you do not wish it, but any and all information that you care to offer will be very much appreciated.
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